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September curlBOX

13 Sep

The September curlBOX has arrived! This month’s box is dedicated to texture and finding products that work for your hair and may I say that this box came right on time since I am currently battling my own multi-textured hair; more on that in another post.

Full listing below. Please note that there were variations in boxes some subscribers received products from either Blended Beauty, Organic Root Stimulator, EDEN BodyWorks, Seneica Senk Shampoo Bar or Donna Marie Dream Curling Cream.

Ouidad Climate Control:  Per Ouidad: A “smart” gel, formulated with heat-activated wheat protein that breathes in humidity, protects the hair shaft and prevents hair from expanding. Its water-soluble formula of amino acids and vitamin A nourish and hydrate hair, leaving it soft, manageable and full of shine without any buildup

Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb

Curly Hair Solutions: Per Curl Keeper: Curl Keeper™ enables you to become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls. Dryness causes out-of-control and frizzy hair…

Blended Beauty Jelly Cream:  Per Blended Beauty: A soft hold moisturizing gel lotion that defines and conditions curls, while nourishing the scalp and hair. Smooth and define each curl with natural conditioners. Absolutely no plastics! Only silky and bouncy curls…naturally!

Donna Marie Curling Cream: Per Donna Marie: A super rich, medium hold styling soufflé that imparts instant shine, moisture, definition and elongation to curly styles.

Design Essentials Natural & Twist Setting Lotion:  Per Design Esentials: Design EssentialsNatural Twist & Set Setting Lotion is a ready to use, quick drying setting lotion suitable for curly to tightly coiled natural textures.

Taliah Wajjid Curl Sealer: Per Taliah Wajjid: A light, alcohol-free, Conditioning hydrating gel. Stops frizz, adds moisture, defines, shapes and seals in any size or texture of curl.  Dries soft and adds shine with no flaking.

Coupons: Design Essentials, Donna Marie, Curly Hair Solutions, and Seneica.

Final Thoughts:  I really like this box. I am not sure whether of these products will work with my multi-textured hair but overall I am happy with the  selection. I have always wanted to try Donna Marie products so I am super amped to have I gotten my hands on at least one of them. Ouidad and Design Essential are two product lines subscribers have received in prior boxes ( specifically the Ouidad Moisture Lock leave-in conditioner and Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion) and so I am hoping combining the products I already have with the ones I received in the September box will result in some BOMB.COM HAIR!

What are your thoughts on the September curlBOX?

Product Review: Elasta QP Mango Butter

12 Sep



Per Elasta QP: Moisturizing butters of olive oil and mango produce this intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. Use daily for softer fuller looking hair. Intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. * Penetrates, protects and remoisturizes, leaving hair strong and healthy* Olive and coconut oils target dry ends and help prevent damage* Shine-enhancing, non-greasy formula.

Directions: Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Capric Caprylic Triglycerides , PEG 75 Lanolin , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth 20 , Cetyl Alcohol , Dimethicone , Phenyl Trimethicone , Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Retinyl Palmitate , Tocopherol , Ascorbic Acid , Biotin , Linoleic Acid , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Fragrance , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Hydrolyzed Silk , CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow 5)

Scent: I am not too keen on the scent of this product, it does smells like mango, although not a mango I’d like to eat.

Availability: On the ground and online. This product is available in most beauty supply stores as well as Walgreens online and in Walgreens brick and mortar store.

 Price: Varies depending on where you purchase but somewhere between $3.99$6.99.                                                                                       

 Don’t Believe the Hype? Believe it.

 Final Thoughts: I received this product in the May curlBOX and I have to admit I rolled my eyes at the sight of it and thought, “Come Son!”  I’d tried this product back when I was relaxed and did not like it one bit my hair it left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down. In spite of this jar toting itself as, “New and Improved” I shelved it. Fast forward to July and I am rifling through my product shelf looking for a pudding or a butter to twist my hair with. I instantly see this product and although I am a bit weary I decide to give it a shot, reminding myself that  relaxed hair isn’t natural hair. I opened the jar and instantly noticed while the scent was familiar the consistency of the product seemed lighter. I used it over my trusty Curl Junkie’s Smoothing Assurance Lotion and lo and behold butter soft twists! I was shocked my hair felt moisturized but not greasy and the definition of my twist out was EVERYTHANG! I have continued to use this throughout the summer and for its price and efficiency, will definitely keep a jar or two on the shelf. Please note- while I have used this product for twists with great results I have never used it daily as a moisturizer or as a thermal protecting treatment perhaps when the winter comes I may explore its other uses.

Product Review: Shea Radiance Nourishing Hair Repair Cream

30 Jul

Per Shea Radiance: Our leave-in conditioning cream feeds and repairs your hair. Shea butter, avocado & coconut oils impart a luxurious feel and delivers shine. Suitable for daily use, natural proteins & humectants soften, strengthen and smooth the hair shaft.

Ingredients: De-ionized Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Butryospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol and Coco-Glucoside strong>(Vegetable-based Emulsifier) , Persea Gratissima (Avocado Seed) oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Vegetable Glycerin,  Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate, Quaternium-79, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed wheat Protein, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Seed) oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (Vegetable-based Conditioner) , Hydroxypropyl Starch (Vegetable-based Conditioner) , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenethyl Alcohol and Ethylhexylglycerin (Paraben Free Preservative), Essential Oils, Polyacrylate-15, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Chamomile, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts

Scent: Not sure of the exact scent (producty?) but I am not fond of it although it does dissipate quickly.
Availability: On the ground and online. This product is available at SheaRadiance.com, Whole Foods and Target (in select Target stores starting in August).

Price:  S16.00 for 8oz of product.

Don’t Believe the Hype?  Believe it!

Final Thoughts: I got a sample of this product in my July curlBOX and I have to say that I really like it; so much so that I have been using it sparingly to try to preserve the rest of the sample. I have used the product underneath a curl cream, a butter and a gel with great success each time  Lola felt moisturized and soft.  I am definitely going to buy the full size product and you should too.

Have you tried this or any other Shea Radiance hair products? What did you think?

Product Review: Shea Moisture Purification Masque

29 Jun



Per Shea Moisture: Detoxify, condition and soothe hair and scalp with gentle Kaolin clay, herbal extracts, botanical enzymes and essential vitamins. Our intense treatment relieves dry, itchy scalp, removes product buildup and preserves hair by sealing in natural moisture. Treats dandruff, eczema & psoriasis

Key Ingredients: Plantain Enzyme:  Helps to alleviate itchiness and irritation. Tea Tree:  Removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume.Willow Bark Extract:  Exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp

Other Ingredients: Deionized Water , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Mangfera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , African Black Soap Extract , Sea Salt , Cetyl Esters , Kaolin Clay , Grapeseed Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditioner) , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba Bark Extract (Willow) , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree) , Sorbitol Esters , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Rosemary Extract , Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage) , Plantain Extract , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle)

Scent: Banana candy? Plantains? Not sure but it’s yummy!

 Availability: On the ground and online.This product is available at Target and Walgreens.

Price: Reasonable it’s priced at $9.99 for 12 oz.

Don’t Believe the Hype?Believe it!

Final Thoughts: I really like this product! I  have used  it as a pre-poo and as an overnight deep conditioner. It gives great slip, makes Lola  is easy to detangle and my scalp feels clean.